Catching Fake News

Two years after the 2016 election, are we winning the war against digital misinformation and manipulation? CSMR faculty and affiliates described the technical and journalistic challenges of identifying fake news and manipulated information online and assess the effectiveness of the response by platforms like Facebook in the U.S., Europe, and around the world.

Brendan Nyhan, Professor, Ford School, acted as moderator, and panelists included Mark Ackerman, Professor, School of Information; Ceren Budak, Assistant Professor, School of Information; Fredrik Laurin, Knight-Wallace Fellow, Special Projects Editor for Current Affairs, SVT (Swedish Television); and Rada Mihalcea, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 

The Dissonance event series is composed of conversations at the confluence of technology, policy, privacy, security and law and is co-sponsored by the School of Information.